2 May 2019

Virtual reality to improve preparation for aircraft emergencies at Christchurch Airport

3:06 pm on 2 May 2019

Firefighters at Christchurch Airport have started training with virtual reality headsets, to try to better prepare for aircraft emergencies.

Christchurch International Airport.

Christchurch International Airport. Photo: 123rf.com

It is the first time a New Zealand airport has used the technology for such a purpose.

Firefighters are first on the scene of more than 500 emergencies at the city's airport every year including fires, rescues, hazardous material spills and medical events.

An airport spokesperson Art Martinson said the new technology could create large-scale simulations of real life situations.

He said that would help firefighters to become more familiar with aircraft systems and layout, and to further build their muscle memory.

The virtual reality technology has been developed locally.

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